1st Edition

The Psychology of the Teenage Brain

By John Coleman Copyright 2024
    118 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    118 Pages 6 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Why do teenagers stay up late and struggle to get up in the morning? Do teenagers really take more risks? What is happening with teenagers’ hormones?

    The Psychology of the Teenage Brain offers all those involved in teenagers’ lives insight into what’s happening in their brains and how understanding them can improve relationships and communication at this crucial stage. It explains key topics, including the way the brain changes during adolescence, the role of hormones, and what we really know about risk and resilience, sleep and peer pressure. It challenges the stereotype of the ''snowflake generation'' and explores young people’s mental health.

    Written for all parents and caregivers, this book will help with the challenges of having a teenager in the home. It also offers crucial understanding for all students and practising professionals in the fields of social work, counselling, health and education who work with teenagers.

    1. Introduction to the teenage brain

    2. Introduction to teenage development

    3. Raging hormones

    4. Learning, learning, learning

    5. The social brain

    6. Wide awake at midnight

    7. Is this the “snowflake generation”?

    8. The teenage brain for key adults



    John Coleman trained as a clinical psychologist and was formerly a senior research fellow at the University of Oxford. He is the founder of a research centre studying adolescents and their families, and during his career he has also run a special school for troubled teenagers and worked as a policy advisor for the government. He was awarded an OBE for services to young people in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2001.